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  •  Sorry, they're not stupid at all (10+ / 0-)

    Maybe their constituents are stupid, but they are not. They know exactly what they are doing.

    They pass unacceptable automatic cuts (they, the Republicans require it) and then blame it on Obama. And low information voters believe it.

    It may seem absurd and obvious, but they tell their constituents as a character caught cheating on her husband in a Richard Pryor monologue said, "who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"

    They piss off constituents with their cuts, and then just lie and say it wasn't them, it was the Kenyan socialist.

    They aren't dumb, but 47% of the electorate is -- the people who voted for Romney.

    And in fact, there are many dumb people on the left who fall for the same game. Just as the right passed the sequester and blamed it on Obama and low information voters believe it, the right also forbade Obama from carrying out his promise to close Gitmo and despite the fact that this is right there in the legislation, there is a huge contingent on the left who are "disappointed" that Obama didn't close Gitmo -- that he didn't either snap his magic fingers and cause the place to close or disobey the law and close it or whatever.

    They are definitely not stupid, but they know there are a lot of stupid people out there.

    •  Liars, in a word. Selfish, heartless liars. (3+ / 0-)
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      Not morons, or stupid. They knew what would happen, they know they are full of it, but they do not give a rat's fart about anyone but they and theirs.

      And they and theirs will do very well, thank you, so long as they contnue to hold power.

      •  I think there's a mix. There are smart ones (2+ / 0-)
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        who knew the damage that would be caused, but figured they'd  be able to lie their way through any negative fallout and those who are too stupid to believe anything other than what Faux Noise tells them - those are the ones who were sure President Rmoney would be signing the third round of tax cuts by this point.  The Republicans are that mean, that callous, that manipulative, that ...

    •  Obama made his choices on Sequestration and Gitmo (3+ / 0-)
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      The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand bar[g]ain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding -- from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios -- but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA [Budget Control Act of 2011]: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

      Gene Sperling
      Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama

      One way or another, we will be trimming the deficit by a total of at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years. That's going to happen, one way or another. We've got $1 trillion locked in, and either Congress comes up with $1.2 trillion, which so far they've failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an additional $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

      Now, the question right now is whether we can reduce the deficit in a way that helps the economy grow, that operates with a scalpel, not with a hatchet, and if not, whether Congress is willing to stick to the painful deal that we made in August for the automatic cuts. Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts.

      My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.

      President Obama

      lawyers for Guantanamo detainees at the Center for Constitutional Rights stated, "We praise the president for re-affirming his commitment to closing the base but take issue with the impression he strives to give that it is largely up to Congress."

      Rather than waiting for Congress to make a move on Guantanamo, CCR reports Tuesday that Obama has the autonomy to take a number of actions:

      Congress is certainly responsible for imposing unprecedented restrictions on detainee transfers, but President Obama still has the power to transfer men right now. He should use the certification/waiver process created by Congress to transfer detainees, starting with the 86 men who have been cleared for release, including our client Djamel Ameziane.

      Congress may have tied one hand behind his back, but he has tied the other: he should lift his self-imposed moratorium on transfers to Yemen regardless of a detainee's status. It's collective punishment based on citizenship, and needs to be reevaluated now.

      President Obama should appoint a senior government official to shepherd the process of closure, and should give that person sufficient authority to resolve inter-agency disputes.

      The President must demonstrate immediate, tangible progress toward the closure of Guantanamo or the men who are on hunger strike will die, and he will be ultimately responsible for their deaths.

      Likewise, the ACLU affirmed Tuesday that Obama holds certain powers to release at least half of the Guantanamo detainees:

      There are two things the president should do. One is to appoint a senior point person so that the administration's Guantánamo closure policy is directed by the White House and not by Pentagon bureaucrats. The president can also order the secretary of defense to start certifying for transfer detainees who have been cleared, which is more than half the Guantánamo population.

      Carlos Warner, an attorney representing 11 Guantanamo prisoners, said today:

      I applaud President Obama’s remarks — he hasn’t mentioned Guantanamo in years — but the fact is that Congress has very little to do with it. NDAA as written allows the President to transfer individuals if it’s in the national security of the United States. The President’s statement made clear that Guantanamo negatively impacts our national security. The question is not whether the administration has the authority to transfer innocent men, but whether it has the political courage to do so.

      And writing at the Lawfare Tuesday, Benjamin Wittes adds that Obama's comments on Tuesday are a direct contradiction of his own self imposed policies. Wittes states:

      The President’s comments are bewildering because his own policies give rise to the vast majority of the concerns about which he so earnestly delivered himself in these remarks.

      Remember that Obama himself has imposed a moratorium on repatriating people to Yemen. And Obama himself has insisted that nearly 50 detainees cannot either be tried or transferred.

      "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." Barack Obama

      by quagmiremonkey on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:10:35 PM PDT

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    •  That critique only assesses half the blame (1+ / 0-)
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      In both the House and Senate, it was "Democrats" who provided the margin of victory for the so-called "Budget Control Act of 2011" — a/k/a/ the sequester bill.  

      Indeed, in the Senate, it was "Democrats" who spearheaded the damn thing.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:19:15 PM PDT

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